Our Essential Skills Program helps students self-reflect and develop individualized plans for becoming more successful overall. The essential skills needed in higher education are:
These topics are usually addressed during one-on-one tutoring appointments.
Time management is the skill most highly correlated with overall student success in higher education.
The Learning Center can help you construct and maintain a calendar for the semester. Creating a calendar will help you learn to prioritize assignments based on proximity to deadline and plan your week in a way that allots sufficient time to prepare for various assignment.
Examine your study habits and develop new, more-efficient ones. Our tutors will help you build question banks and practice quizzes which will assist you in learning more efficiently and effectively.
Review various note-taking strategies, and find a method that works for you. Some methods include leaving space on the page in order to add additional information after class, or changing text into pictures and charts.
Another method is “predicting” or taking notes from your reading or slides posted on Moodle prior to class. After class, you can compare your original notes with what was actually reviewed during class, and make adjustments wherever they do not match.
Our tutors can help you develop a targeted reading strategy.
For example, before reading a passage on a test, you could look at the related questions first. This method helps set up a kind of frame-work for a text that increases comprehension, reading speed, and provides a roadmap for looking back over the reading passage for review.
Create a timing strategy or question schedule that works for you. Working on these skills will also help with anxiety management. One strategy incorporates an analysis of time with the evaluation of questions:
– Determine which questions you “know” and answer them first.
– Then identify which questions you might be able to figure out and tackle them after.
– Leave the questions you don’t know how to approach last—they can be guesses.
When conducting research, you must first focus on your general knowledge then focus on specifics. Steps includes identifying a broad topic and resources, then narrowing down the topic—generating claims, and organizing resources to support those claims.
Critical thinking allows you to break down a problem or an assignment in order to help you create links between what is expected and how you might achieve it.
The key to becoming a successful public speaker is to “practice, practice, practice.”
Hone your writing skills for success in college and beyond. Adelphi’s Writing Center can assist you with getting started on a paper, developing sophisticated arguments—and everything in between.